| The means by which professionals maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout the working life. It is a lifelong learning approach to planning, managing and benefiting from own development. Professional development helps to:
When a learning organization aims to strengthening weaker skill sets and knowledge areas, the starting point is to implementing a professional development plan, providing practitioners with the training, knowledge, and networking opportunities they need to advance in their career development.  See also: Learning Organizations, Adult Learning, Continuing Education, Workplace Learning, Andragogy, Distance Learning, E-Learning.